807. Goats Peak Bock

807. Goats Peak Bock

I bought a six-pack of this at the small liquor store on Highland Ave. across the street from Somerville Hospital near Jadyn's House. This was probably in late March or early April. Beer Advocate calls it a bock, but there's no way that it's not a Maibock, the bottle says "Spring Lager", and its color and flavor are definitely that of a Maibock.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Paper City Brewery
Alcohol: 6.40%
Serving: Bottle, 12 oz.
Style: Maibock/Helles Bock, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.5 | Smell: 4.0 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 3.5 | Drinkability: 4.0

Overall: 4.05

The label has a white goat perched atop rocks. The bottle says that the name comes from a peak on Mount Tom in Holyoke, MA. According to my notebook "Today seemed like the first real day of spring that we've had, so when picking a out a beer I thought a Maibock would be appropriate."

Pours a clear copper with sparse, but steady bubbles rising to feed the frothy, sudsy, off-white head that's retained as a film. Sheets of lace form on the sides of the glass. The aroma is rich and malty with bready and biscuity notes, a sharp fruitiness, a bit of alcohol and a hint of herbal hops.

There's an interplay between sweet, caramel malts and toasty, bready malts upfront. The sweetness prevails in the center with a hint of fresh, almost citric fruitiness. Leafy, herbal hops quickly match the sweetness for a nice, crisp, balanced finish. Light-bodied, crisp and highly carbonated.

Flavorful, balanced and very tasty.

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